Using motivational interviewing strategies to help youth facilitate change in their lives

Presenter: Stacy De Souza, CYW
Date: Wed., Nov. 4, 2015


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is "a non-confrontational, client-centred approach to enhancing motivation for change." Originally used to help treat clients with substance abuse issues, it has also been effective in supporting clients to make lifestyle changes regarding other issues such as diabetes treatment and has been seen to be useful as an adjunct treatment for mental health problems. Stacy De Souza, a youth worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) discusses how MI approaches can be used in treating mental health and substance use problems in youth and ways it may relate to refugee youth. Even if you're not a counsellor, if you work directly with youth, you can use these MI tips to identify clients' readiness for change and help support them to make more positive changes in their lives.

Learning objectives
By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Discuss mental health and substance use concerns in youth
  • Describe how Motivational Interviewing can be effective with youth
  • Recall strategies to help move youth through the Stages of Change.

Presenter Biography

Stacy De Souza, CYW, is a frontline clinician who has worked with the Youth Addiction and Concurrent Disorders Service for the last 10 years. She has supported transitional age youth struggling with concurrent substance use and mental health issues, and has offered counselling and guidance to youth and their families. In her current clinical role, she facilitates the Recovery and Education for Adolescents Choosing Health Day Treatment Program where she supports youth 16 to 21 years old who are working towards recovery while completing high school credits.

She is currently the Discipline Chief for Child and Youth Workers at CAMH, a leadership role which allows her to support her colleagues in their clinical work and inform Child and Youth Work best practice at the Centre.

During her time at CAMH, she has been involved in several initiatives and has facilitated workshops on Diversity and Cultural Awareness as well as De-Escalation and Crisis management for staff, centre-wide.

As a recent immigrant to Canada, she is passionate about equity issues and recognizes some of the challenges of newcomers.

Stacy DeSouza